Leif Wenar

Position
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow
Role
2022-2023
Office
Green Hall, 3-C-6
Bio/Description

Leif Wenar is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities, professor of philosophy and, by courtesy, professor of political science and Professor of Law Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University. After receiving his A.B. in philosophy at Stanford, Leif Wenar earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Harvard, then worked in Britain, and returned to Stanford in 2020. He is the author of “Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World” and the author-meets-critics volume “Beyond Blood Oil: Philosophy, Policy, and the Future.” He is also the author of the entries ‘John Rawls’ and ‘Rights’ in “The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.” His articles have appeared in Mind, Analysis, Philosophy & Public Affairs, Ethics, The Journal of Political Philosophy, The Columbia Law Review, and The Philosopher’s Annual. He co-edited an autobiographical volume on the economist F.A. Hayek, as well as “Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy.” He has been a Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow (2000-2001) and a Visiting Professor at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values, a Visiting Professor at the Princeton Department of Politics, a Visiting Professor at the Stanford Center on Ethics and Society, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the William H. Bonsall Visiting Professor in the Stanford Philosophy Department, a Fellow of the Program on Justice and the World Economy at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at The Murphy Institute of Political Economy, and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University School of Philosophy. His public writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, and the playbill for the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center. In London, he served for several years on the Mayor’s Policing Ethics Panel, which advises the Mayor and the Metropolitan Police on issues such as digital surveillance and the use of force. He is currently developing unity theory, a new theory of what makes for more valuable lives, relationships, and societies. His work can be found at wenar.info.